Not many people associate Korea with wine unless it's made from rice, but deep inside a tunnel in the rural county of Cheongdo-gun in North Gyeongsang is a company that has made wine from locally-grown persimmons for over a decade and invites visitors to check out its wine products, which are aged in this tunnel. The tunnel is nice and cool, always at a temperature between 13 and 15 degrees Celsius, making this the perfect spot to escape to in the midst of the summer heat, although you can visit anytime your heart desires. Visitors can partake in persimmon picking, winemaking, and of course wine tasting. A glass of persimmon wine only costs between 3,000 to 4,000 won and you can throw in a cheese platter for just 5,000 won extra. A bottle will cost you anywhere between 18,000 to 50,000 won.
The tunnel was originally built in 1904, at the twilight of the Joseon Dynasty, but found itself abandoned before being repurposed as a winery. There are a number of light installations set up in the shape of wine bottles and glasses, and towards the end of the tunnel racks of wine bottles cover the walls with plenty of tables for visitors to sit down and sample the wine. There are also exhibitions displayed featuring the works of local artists, a cafe, and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages for sale for the kids. The SBS drama Terroir also filmed scenes in the tunnel.
100, Songgeum-gil, Hwayang-eup, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Take an Intercity Bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Cheongdo. -> From Cheongdo Bus Terminal take a bus bound for Cheongdo Wine Tunnel.